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‘Milk’ oozing out of neem tree piques interest of residents

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People collecting drops of fluid oozing out of the neem tree in Dammur village near Bellary.
People collecting drops of fluid oozing out of the neem tree in Dammur village near Bellary.

Visitors have been thronging Dammur village, located 20 km from Bellary city on the Bellary-Siruguppa road, to have a glimpse of ‘milk’ oozing out of a neem tree.

According to the village residents, they first saw milk oozing out from a branch of the tree on Sunday. The residents considered it to be a miracle and offered puja and ‘nevidyam’ to the tree on Tuesday.

A milky liquid has been oozing slowly from a patch of milky-white froth from one branch of the tree. Insects were seen clinging to the branch around the patch.

Fungal invasion

When contacted, Dr. Yanjarappa, plant pathologist in the Agricultural Research Station in Hagari, told The Hindu that the milk-like fluid might be due to suspected fungal/insect invasion.

“We can say anything about it only after analysis. I suspect it to be a fungal/insect invasion, as during monsoon and winter seasons, fungal infection is common,” he said.

Areas in and around Bellary and Sirguppa have been experiencing heavy rains for the past ten days.

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